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The Loud House

The Loud House

Spring 2018 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV Y

At first glance, a Nickelodeon show called The Loud House seemed sure to be a bad idea. The world is loud enough on a daily basis. Do we need to encourage our children to be louder? But, surprisingly, The Loud House has a lot of heart.

Episodes revolve around a family with one boy, Lincoln, and 10 girls (Lucy, Lana, Luna and 7 others whose names begin with L). The story is usually told from the point of view of Lincoln, who, by the way, has a best friend Clyde with two fathers who are not of the same race.

The Loud parents play a smaller role as the kids are always up to something. But they were featured in one storyline in which the kids decided to help them become more active. The parents got into it - "You kids were right about exercising!" - and got the kids into it, too, until their parents became drill sergeants and the kids became exhausted. In the end, the family learned that "all things in moderation" is a good idea. And exercise is always a good thing.

In an episode set at school, a teacher character is full of clich├ęs and has a bad attitude (which I didn't really love), but Lincoln and Lana work to change the school's point of view about frog dissection.

And in an episode featuring super smart Lisa Loud, she learns the world isn't all about academics and making straight-A grades. Her teacher helps her learn that it's important to have friends.

Friends, exercise, saving animals, family—the messages here are good ones. And the show always illustrates the importance of your siblings in your life. "My sisters are really cool!" says Lincoln. It's not all noise.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2018 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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